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Pictures of the day: Flying low and slow to track wildlife

A typical morning at work.

GALLATIN VALLEY, Mont. — Jim Ortman takes off frequently with a government biologist in an Aviat Husky for the kind of flights most pilots only get to dream about. An ATP rated pilot with nearly 19,000 hours logged in everything from bush planes to 747s, Ortman is comfortable flying low and slow over the Rocky Mountains in Northern Montana.

His company, Northern Wings, is responsible for monitoring migrating bull elk, native bear, and nesting Ospreys, among others.

Herding elk.

Herding elk.

Negotiating turbulent ridges and ravines while flying just above the tree tops requires a lot of experience and an aircraft with good performance margins. He considers the improved aircraft performance realized by the addition of a Powerflow Exhaust System to be critical to safety. “The tuned exhaust greatly enhances the Husky’s available power output and provides for near instantaneous throttle response,” he said. “Both are crucial elements when you’re flying high in the mountains, but close to the terrain. Since much of the work occurs during winter, the additional heat output keeps the biologist and me warm, and the windows defrosted as required for their work.”

A typical morning at work.

A typical morning at work.

Ortman’s day job provides exposure to some of the nation’s most stunning landscapes. There are also memorable experiences like when he came upon a group of newly hatched Osprey chicks just poking their heads above the rim of their nest.

Tracking bears in Wyoming.

Tracking bears in Wyoming.

“Having two sets of trained eyes locating, counting and gathering data on animals takes patience and good focus,” he said. “It’s one of those rare activities where I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to be a pilot because there’s no other way to see what we encounter.”

Pit stop in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Pit stop in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPictures of the day: Flying low and slow to track wildlife

Pictures of the day: Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In

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Since 1973, seaplane pilots have gathered at Moosehead Lake in Maine for the annual Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In. This year’s fly-in, the 42nd, was held Sept. 10-13.

The International Seaplane Fly-In brings thousands of participants and spectators to the Moosehead Region on the weekend after Labor Day each year. (Next year’s fly-in will be held Sept. 8-11).

The fly-in is hosted by the International Seaplane Fly-In Association, a non-profit organization whose main focus is to provide aviation education (and a whole lot of fun) to participants and spectators alike. The organization provides a scholarship each year to a high school student who plans to pursue a career in aviation.

Photographer Brian Neidhardt was at the show this year and captured these absolutely stunning photographs.

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Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPictures of the day: Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In

Big changes for PBOR2 as it reaches another milestone

When the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) was introduced, much ink (physical and digital) was spilled on the many shortcomings of Senator James Inhofe‘s proposed legislation.

Many complained about the initial limitations of only being able to carry one passenger to no more than 10,000 feet in VFR only condition using a driver’s license as a medical certificate.

Senator James Inhofe

Senator James Inhofe

None other than Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) leadership weighed in, very much NOT in favor, with its considerable clout. So Inhofe went back to the legislation, red pen in hand.

The revised PBOR2 was introduced, to much bitching and moaning about the new medical requirements. (Wasn’t PBOR2 supposed to fix that, as in get rid of that requirement?)

Aspiring pilots must take an FAA physical exam that will establish a baseline, then take an online medical course every two years, and see their primary physician every four years (and note the above in their logbooks). Lapsed pilots (those without a medical exam in the last 10 years) will need to take an FAA physical like aspiring pilots, then fall in line with the other requirements.

Not exactly the promised “driver’s license medical,” but clearing a bar — that gets higher with each passing year — once rather than repeatedly seems a decent trade-off.

And if you have a current medical, third-class or special issuance, with passage of this bill, you’ll be able to jump in line without taking another medical exam…EVER.

Lost in the medical exam dust-up is the changes to three facets of PBOR2. First, the legislation expands the passenger count to five. Initially, the limit was one. Second, the altitude limit increases to below 18,000 feet rather than the initial 10,000 feet. Third, both VFR and IFR flight are allowed, as opposed to VFR only.

Mark Baker with his Piper Super Cub.

Mark Baker

Those are significant changes, to the positive, regardless of your opinion of the medical exam portion.

“With 69 cosponsors in the Senate, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 has strong support among lawmakers who recognize the importance of general aviation and the need to give pilots relief from the costly and burdensome third-class medical process,” said Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker.

“That’s a filibuster-proof super majority in the Senate,” said Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chairman Jack Pelton in the November issue of Sport Aviation.

Jack Pelton

Jack Pelton

If you were hoping to hop back in the cockpit after an extended absence with just your driver’s license in your pocket, I’m sorry. That’s not going to happen with this legislation.

But if you’ve got nothing to fear medically, clear that exam bar ONE TIME and enjoy a lifetime of flying. And who knows what PBOR3 will look like?

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a markup session for PBOR2 on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Make sure your senators (and representatives) know your feelings.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comBig changes for PBOR2 as it reaches another milestone

Video of all new iPad webinar now available

10 things ipad pilot webinar video

iPad Pilot News recently presented a brand new webinar on the topic of 10 Tips Every iPad Pilot Should Know. The presentation covered a series of insightful recommendations, strategies and other tips that pilots of all experience levels can benefit from when flying with the iPad.

Topics include hidden software features, iPad “gotchas”, flying with ADS-B weather, the new iPad Pro, ForeFlight tips, preflighting your iPad, battery management, mounting, aviation apps you haven’t heard of and much more. Below we’ve included the video recording and complete set of slides to review at your own pace.

Source: Ipad appsVideo of all new iPad webinar now available

The Year in Pictures

Aircraft have to be the most picture-worthy mode of transportation (an objective opinion if I’ve ever read one). And we’d like to see your best shots of 2015. These should be your photos you’ve taken in 2015. We’d like to share them in our two December print issues.

Email your photo (be sure to include specifics like where it was taken, the plane description, and the full name of anyone in the photo) to Editor Janice Wood.

Note: Please send the largest file size you have available. Bigger is better.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comThe Year in Pictures

Aeronautical library opens at Vaughn College

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FLUSHING, N.Y. – Now completed is the new Aeronautical and Academic Library and Teaching and Learning Center at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.

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“The new two-story, $2.6 million library and learning center was the final phase of the $40 million multiphased expansion, renovation, and sound mitigation construction program at the college’s main campus,” said Ensign Engineering President Regina Gallagher Marengo, P.E. “The renovation equipped Vaughn College with expanded and upgraded educational facilities, including the new library, and the robust sound insulation necessary for a college located only 200 feet from one of LaGuardia Airport’s runways.”

The 83-year-old private college offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, aviation, and management. The college was originally established in 1932 in Newark, N.J., and moved to its current location in 1941. The Queens, NY, site provided easy access to LaGuardia Airport, which is situated across the Grand Central Parkway.

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Continued expansion of the airport resulted in one of its new runways terminating just 200 feet from the school, which, along with low-flying airplanes, increased the noise level to the point of interfering with educational activities, college officials noted.

The initial work focused on providing aircraft noise abatement through augmentation of the college’s exterior envelope, including the roofs, walls, and windows. Due to the extent of the roof construction, the project also had to include replacement of the HVAC infrastructure, as well as related interior construction work beneath the roofs. This provided the college with the opportunity to perform extensive upgrades to the majority of its interiors. Creating the new “learning commons” that house the library and learning center was a key part of the interior redevelopment program. The library is located in a section that previously housed classrooms and offices.

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Photos by Tom Sibley/Wilk Marketing Communications

“The new 11,000-square-foot library replaced the outdated and insufficient library previously located in a different section of the main building,” explained Richard M. Piacentini, R.A., Senior Project Architect at John Ciardullo Associates. “During the predesign phase, the library leadership expressed the need for more space, additional stacks for the expanding collection, and a large meeting and study area to accommodate students between classes.”

The renovations were financed from two sources. Vaughn received grant funds totaling approximately $32 million from the FAA and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to soundproof the building. In addition to grant financing, Vaughn invested $7 million from its own funds.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAeronautical library opens at Vaughn College

Safety seminar on ATC in the GA environment planned

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar regarding air traffic control in the general aviation environment Dec. 12 at the NTSB’s Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local FAA Air Traffic Controllers, who will discuss policies and procedures important for pilots to understand while navigating through one of the most complex and busiest airspace locales in the Washington DC Terminal area.

They will also discuss phraseology and communication procedures for pilots to be able to navigate the local airspace with ease.

NTSB Board Member Earl Weener will be a featured presenter, and attendees will also hear from NTSB investigators who have investigated accidents involving air traffic control. The case studies presented will include discussions of judgment, situational awareness, procedures, and risk management.

This is the eighth in a series of NTSB safety seminars focused on general aviation accidents.

The four-hour seminar is free, and pilots participating in the FAA’s WINGS program will receive credit for attendance.

Because space is limited, early registration is highly recommended. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m., and the seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees must have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to enter the building.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comSafety seminar on ATC in the GA environment planned

MT-Propeller gets STC for Supervan 900 prop


MT-Propeller has received an EASA STC for the next generation 5-blade scimitar composite Quiet Fan Jet propeller on the Cessna C208 Supervan 900 powered by Honeywell TPE331-12JR turbine. The FAA STC is in progress.


According to MT-Propeller Vice-President Martin Albrecht, the installation feature the following advantages:

  • 60% vibration reduction on aircraft fuselage;
  • Approximately 31 pounds less weight than the original propeller;
  • Ground roll is reduced by 10%, approximately 164 feet;
  • Climb performance is improved by 5%-8%;
  • Engine Start up is a third faster for cooler engine temperatures and longer battery life.

Due to the smaller diameter, the MT-Propeller for the Cessna C208 Supervan 900 has more ground clearance for less blade tip erosion, he added.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comMT-Propeller gets STC for Supervan 900 prop

Fuel Stop now available at Aircraft Spruce

Fuel Stop press release

Now available at Aircraft Spruce is the Fuel Stop, which snaps onto standard straw fuel gauges and prevents the gauge from slipping into the tank.

Fuel Stop press releaseShaped like a pair of red pilot wings, the Fuel Stop works with FuelHawk, or any other ½-inch diameter fuel gauge tube. The Fuel Stop acts as a grip to make handling and checking fuel easier, according to Aircraft Spruce officials.

Price: $6.95.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comFuel Stop now available at Aircraft Spruce